I'm trying to decide what to call myself online. I use my full name here because originally the blog was going to be all about my books. It's not, now, and I don't want it to be - most of the 'all about my books' blogs I read are slightly less interesting than reading a catalogue, and I don't want to do that.
But do I want to have the same identity everywhere? I can't decide. I have an email address of 'WritingBear' (because I write and I love polar bears), but I haven't used that name anywhere as an account name. I use SapphireNinja on Ravelry (Sapphire my current cat and Ninja my dearly departed one), and I have an email address with that in it as well. I also have my 'official' email address, through my web site, which I use only for official-type things (agents and editors and so on).
That's a lot of email addresses, and it's not even all of them, I don't think. They all (except the official one) get funnelled into my gmail account, but then when I go to email someone back I have to make sure I'm using the same one they used to send to me, and it all feels rather unnecessary.
I COULD do some variation of HeatherWardell at gmail (in fact, now that I think about it, I HAVE one :), but do I want to? When I use SapphireNinja, people tend to call me Sapphire, which is fine but isn't my name. (Although I kinda wish it were. :)
I just joined twitter today (
Since I DO have readers, I'll throw it open to you: do you use the same name and ID everywhere you go, or are you a different person in different situations? And whichever one you do, have you ever wished you did the other?
Heather AKA WritingBear AKA SapphireNinja :)